The Denver Nuggets are an injury-depleted bunch. But the Kings haven’t shown they can consistently beat struggling teams, even on a night like this when they have a clear talent advantage.
The Kings, however, pulled out a 109-95 win by overwhelming the Nuggets in the second half.
The Pepsi Center hadn’t been kind to the Kings in recent seasons. They’d lost nine in a row. The last win was April 5, 2008. Only Jason Thompson was around for that win.
“I’d never won here,” said guard Isaiah Thomas. “Actually we’ve gotten blown out every time I’ve played here. It’s good to get a win in here.”
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• The Nuggets are now 51-9 since 2009-10 when hosting teams in the second of back-to-back games. Denver is 5-1 this season.
• After their scoring outburst tonight, the Kings are the only NBA team to have three players averaging 20 points. DeMarcus Cousins (22.4) had 27 points, Rudy Gay (20.0) had 32 and Thomas (20.6) had a game-high 33 points.
• Cousins had 27 points, nine rebounds, five assists and matched his career high with five blocks.
Cousins is the first player since Tim Duncan in Dec. 2012 and 10th player since Jan. 2004 with 27-plus points, nine or more rebounds to go with at least five assists and five blocks in a game.